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Kindness that costs

Michael Lloyd-White, CEO of World Kindness USA, explores the definition of kindness in his upcoming TEDx talk, and it got me thinking. Lloyd-White dismisses the acts of kindness we might perform for friends and loved ones because they don’t push us out of our comfort zone. Instead, he challenges us to find the time and […]

Picture this…..

I’m relaxing by the Barwon river one perfect morning last week. I’m all by myself with no kids or commitments, the sky is blue, the air is still, it’s warm, the tide is out and I’m watching six or seven different species of birds as they sit or quietly seek food together. I’m fascinated by […]

Follow the leader

Follow the leader!

My son’s friends laugh when I say please or thank you to Siri or Google Home. Most of the time I laugh too. I know it’s ridiculous but I’m from the generation where please and thank you are as automatic as a sliding door, so it still surprises me when they’re missing from daily interactions. […]

Get out there

Get out there!

Steve Jobs was famous for his black and white comments and this one is no different. While I don’t entirely agree with him, I think he’s got a valid point. Job’s assertion that we just need diverse experiences to feed our inner muse piqued my interest for a number of reasons – the main one […]

Pain as a Gift

Pain as a Gift

The truth of quote from Alain De Botton resonates deeply with me. While none of us ever seek to be hurt, often the legacy of deep, personal pain is an increased sensitivity which makes us so much more appreciative of the beauty around us. I know after my sister’s death I thought I’d feel whole […]

hell no

Hell no!!!!

You know that feeling when you hit SEND on a confidential email and then realise it’s gone to the wrong person?? I’m embarrassed to admit it happened to me today and I’m still recovering. As the enormity of my error hit home, I felt that sickening feeling in the stomach, followed by a rush of […]